Asian textiles and Japanese kimonos were highly popular as decorations and costumes in late nineteenth-century European and American interiors. William Merritt Chase, whose famous New York studio was filled with a vast array of art objects including textiles, ceramics, wood carvings, and metalwork from all over the world, joined in the growing vogue for Japanese costume subjects with a number of paintings of female models robed in beautifully patterned kimonos. The popularity of such images was part of a broader taste for Japanese design known as Japanism, which arose as Japanese objects became more readily accessible to Western collectors.
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CaptionWilliam Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916). Girl in a Japanese Costume, ca. 1890. Oil on canvas, 24 5/8 x 15 11/16 in. (62.5 x 39.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Isabella S. Kurtz in memory of Charles M. Kurtz, 86.197.2
CreditGift of Isabella S. Kurtz in memory of Charles M. Kurtz
Dimensions24 5/8 x 15 11/16 in. (62.5 x 39.8 cm); Frame: 36 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (92.1 x 69.9 x 12.1 cm)